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2014-11-13

Reduce, reuse, recycle for Thanksgiving

From TCEQ

Thanksgiving is an American holiday loaded with tradition, so why not start a new tradition by making Thanksgiving an eco-friendly celebration? There are simple steps you can take to make your holidays more environmentally conscience:
Food waste accounts for 18 percent of municipal solid waste sent to landfills. That's over 30 million tons of food waste each year!
Reduce food consumption with better planning. Know how many people you expect to feed and what their preferences are.
Reuse already-cooked food in another recipe. Leftover turkey is great for soups and casseroles.
Recycle food by composting. If you don't already have a compost bin, use your Thanksgiving fruit and vegetable trimmings to start one.
Get the freshest possible ingredients for your mashed potatoes and pumpkin pies by visiting your local farmer's market. If you can't find a farmer's market in your area, try to purchase as many Texas-grown ingredients at the grocery store as you can.
Buying locally grown food supports the local economy, reduces emissions from refrigeration and transportation, and cuts back on packing materials.
Cook with ceramic pots and pans. Compared to traditional nonstick pans coated with Teflon, pots and pans made with ceramic-based nonstick technology take less time to heat the surface, because of the excellent heat conductivity of the aluminum they are made from. Cast-iron and glass cookware also retain heat well and minimize preheating time - conserving energy.
You can also conserve energy by using your microwave. An oven requires enough energy to heat the entire compartment, but a microwave only needs energy to heat the food.